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American University

American University

ESL Program at The English Language and Training Academy
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  • Enrollment
  • 12000students
  • Airport Pickup
  • No
  • Telephone
  • (202) 895-4970
  • Fax
  • Address
  • 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20016


  • Urban
  • On-Campus Dorm/residence
  • Off-campus Residence
  • University-based Program

Why This School?

  • - Pathway program options available
    - No English proficiency exam required for admission (TOEFL, IELTS, etc)
    - Visa support offered for qualified students
    - Access to all AU facilities, including the library, athletic center, clubs & organizations, and Academic Support & Access Center
    - Unlimited DC Metro and bus access with U*Pass

About the  ESL Program at The English Language and Training Academy

  • American University's Academy of English and Education (ELTA) is an intensive, full-time ESL (English as a Second Language) program for students who want to improve their academic English skills while maintaining a close relationship with American culture and college life.

About the  American University

  • American University (AU) is a student-centered research institution located in Washington, DC, with highly-ranked schools and colleges, internationally-renowned faculty, and a reputation for creating meaningful change in the world. Our students distinguish themselves for their service, leadership, and ability to rethink global and domestic challenges and opportunities. At AU passion becomes action; students actively engage in the world around them; and the leaders of today train the leaders of tomorrow.Nestled in a residential district of Washington, DC, our 90-acre campus gives you the advantages of a traditional college setting combined with unparalleled access to the energy, culture, and opportunities of our nation's capital. We're an intimate community within an urban city, where the stunning sights of our city are never far from view. Relax with your friends on our beautiful grounds (a designated arboretum) one moment; take an impromptu trip to the National Mall the next. Whether you're learning in our century-old structures and state-of-the-art facilities, experiencing the arts in our museums and theatres, or venturing out into the city, American University offers endless opportunities.

Course Information

  • Focus of Study : 
    18-20 hours of classroom instruction per week
    Three levels of instruction from intermediate to advanced
    Classes taught by experienced and expert faculty
    Guest lectures, workshops, conversation partners, and site visits into Washington, D.C.
    Specialized courses focused on U.S. culture

    Benefit, Goal of this course : 
    Pathway program options available
    No English proficiency exam required for admission (TOEFL, IELTS, etc)
    Visa support offered for qualified students
    Access to all AU facilities, including the library, athletic center, clubs & organizations, and Academic Support & Access Center
    Unlimited DC Metro and bus access with U*Pass
    Support and advising staff that are specially trained to work with language learners
    Member of English USA

    Curriculum : 
    Students will be placed in appropriate course levels from intermediate to advanced with a placement test taken during the on-campus orientation. Students are expected to be able to speak, read, write, and understand simple sentences.

    This course focuses on improving all aspects of the oral and aural skills necessary to be successful undergraduate students. The curriculum emphasizes receptive skills, such as listening for content, note-taking, paraphrasing, and summarizing, as well as expressive skills, such as giving a variety of presentations and participating in small group and whole class discussions.

    In the process, students increase their fluency and accuracy in expressing their ideas, expand their academic and idiomatic vocabulary, and sharpen their critical thinking skills while becoming more comfortable and confident with the culture of an American classroom.

    Classroom Hour : 18-20hours

Course Information

Class size 12 Students Schedule 15 Weeks
Course Level 4 VISA Info I-20 Issued Upon Request
Minimum age 18 Accommodation On-Campus Dorm/residence, Off-campus Residence


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Course Schedule

2021-01-16 ~ 2021-04-10
Apply by ( 2020-12-16 )



School's Admin fee
Course Schedule Fees
2021-01-16 ~ 2021-04-10(USD)$ 8,436


Housing Placement fee
Accommodation Fee
Terms Homestay On-Campus Dorm/residence Off-Campus residence
10 weeks (USD)$ 2400 (USD)$ 2700
15 weeks (USD)$ 4800

Airport Pickup

Airport Pickup
Other Charges (USD)$ 550    Detail

Remarks / Other Information

  • * Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.



    Students in the fall and spring semesters of ELTA Intensive must find housing off-campus. As American University is conveniently connected by both the Metro Red line and Metro busses and has many parking facilities, it is possible to commute to campus from almost anywhere in the Washington metro area. Finding convenient and high-quality housing is even easier thanks to the many online resources for students such as housing guides, newsletters, webinars, online search engines and individual consultation appointments. Go to AU's Office of Housing and Dining Programs to see the services they offer.

    Instead of renting an apartment or room on their own, students can also choose to live in a homestay. Living with an American family is a great way for students to practice their English in an informal setting and learn about American culture. With a host family students have the opportunity to see Washington D.C. from the perspective of a local resident and make friends in the process. The English Language Training Academy does not arrange, inspect or recommend any specific homestays, but interested students should contact local homestay companies that place students into short-term housing in the Washington D.C. area.

    On-campus housing is only available to ELTA students during the summer semester. Please submit the following if you would like to live on campus while studying in the intensive program:

    Housing Application
    Housing deposit
    Students will then be contacted by the office of Housing and Dining.

Surrounding Area

  • Washington D.C. is a fun and exciting place to study. At American University we believe that learning should be done not only in the classroom, but also outside in the community, so we encourage our students to take advantage of the city’s many cultural and historical attractions.


  • Student Organizations
    A great way to meet new people and practice your English is to get involved in one of American University's 200 student-led organizations.

    AU Shuttles
    AU provides free shuttle bus service between the Tenleytown Metro station, Spring Valley building, its Tenley Campus, and its main campus.

    Athletic Facilities
    AU has a variety of indoor and outdoor sports facilities for students including the Jacobs Fitness Center, the Cassell Fitness Center, and more.


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